2013 Volkswagen Beetle
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This Is Not Your Wife's Beetle

by from Springfield, MO on December 7, 2012

Talk about an upgrade! My wife owned a 2002 Beetle and the 2013 blows it away! Sporty, fast, handles great and the technology is very advanced. All for less than 30K! Fun, Fun, Fun to drive...and you ...
Talk about an upgrade! My wife owned a 2002 Beetle and the 2013 blows it away! Sporty, fast, handles great and the technology is very advanced. All for less than 30K! Fun, Fun, Fun to drive...and you don't have to get the Turbo for it to be fast. Inline 5 cyl has 170hp.
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have more fun driving my vw convert than any car .

by from venice fl on March 23, 2013

74 years old, 6'6" and weigh 270#. I get lots of looks and questions . Lots more room than it looks like. Last car that I will buy.
74 years old, 6'6" and weigh 270#. I get lots of looks and questions . Lots more room than it looks like. Last car that I will buy.
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Fun driving with TDI convertible 6 speed manual

by from NJ on April 10, 2014

I have the TDI convertible with 6 speed manual transmission. After 10,000 I have had no major problems, it continues to run very well. The only problems I have experienced: 1) The auto windows getting...
I have the TDI convertible with 6 speed manual transmission. After 10,000 I have had no major problems, it continues to run very well. The only problems I have experienced: 1) The auto windows getting stuck. The windows automatically go down a 1/2 inch when you go to open the door. When the temp first dropped below freezing and there was frost, these would freeze and you couldn't open the doors, then you'd have to reset the power windows. The dealer sprayed some silicon lube on the window seals and that seems to take care of it. But probably need to do that before every cold season. 2) Rear visibility is poor. I knew this going in, you have to be very careful backing out of the driveway, parking spots, changing lanes. Rely more on the side mirrors, and I'm considering an after market reverse camera. 3)There are a few more small paint chips on the hood than I would expect after 8 months and 10,000 miles. Could be all the salt during a harsh winter getting thrown off the road, but I'm keeping an eye on it. Otherwise it is a fun car to drive, but more fun in the warm weather with the top down. The top drops ridiculously fast, I even "raced" the top against a friend's BMW 1 series convertible, and it was much faster. You can put it down while moving up to 30mph too which is nice. Never had a car with Bluetooth either, that is a feature I'm hooked on. Initial acceleration is pretty good, mileage is up around 45mpg on the highway. As a guy, I'm getting less people making fun of it and more people liking it than I expected too.
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I LIKE IT!

by from Hartford, CT on January 28, 2016

I'd been looking for a car on and off for more than 6 months. What should I buy? What would be both reliable and fun to drive? (Previously I'd owned a 2002 Audi TT convertible, where I'd come to feel...
I'd been looking for a car on and off for more than 6 months. What should I buy? What would be both reliable and fun to drive? (Previously I'd owned a 2002 Audi TT convertible, where I'd come to feel like I was burning hundred dollar bills, since it kept breaking down.) So far, my new red 2013 red VW beetle has been a dream come true. It handles well and feels sporty, with a moonroof, good sound, and navigation. I smile when I see it. And it smiles back.
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Beetle cutie

by from Seattle Wa on January 26, 2014

Live my new beetle convertible. The navigation, Bluetooth features are great. Top is one button operation to put up or down. The styling is awesome and it has a nice little pickup when you step on the...
Live my new beetle convertible. The navigation, Bluetooth features are great. Top is one button operation to put up or down. The styling is awesome and it has a nice little pickup when you step on the gas. I also like the keyless entry. Fun to drive. Only design flaw is when it rains and you open the trunk, water goes right inside. Poor design on that part.
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Reliable car but windows freeze/doors won't open

by from New Hampshire on March 15, 2014

Purchased a 2013 Beetle in Spring of 2013 (not a convertible). Enjoyed driving it all summer and into the fall. Then winter came and the aggravation started. Pros: style, fun to drive, Bluetooth capab...
Purchased a 2013 Beetle in Spring of 2013 (not a convertible). Enjoyed driving it all summer and into the fall. Then winter came and the aggravation started. Pros: style, fun to drive, Bluetooth capability, love the interior and lighting, awesome to drive on snowy and slushy roads - this car was unstoppable even on the worse roads this past winter. Cons: windows frequently freeze shut and you can't open the doors! Very poor design here as the window has to drop down so the door opens. I've literally had to force the door open by pulling the window out of the track; but then I'm unable to close the door as the frozen window hits the track that it's supposed to automatically slide back into. I've found that you can close the door to the point that it partially latches though. On most days, after driving about 10 miles with the heat on high and the vent pointing toward the window, enough melting occurs so the window works again. Not the best solution, but there are no other options I'm aware of except having a winter car without this ridiculous design feature and only using the Beetle in the warmer months.
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Fun and effecient!

by from on April 16, 2014

I've been a Honda owner since the early 80's. After frying an engine I looked around for over a month without even considering a VW, but once I saw the Beetle convertiblr TDI, it was all over! The ext...
I've been a Honda owner since the early 80's. After frying an engine I looked around for over a month without even considering a VW, but once I saw the Beetle convertiblr TDI, it was all over! The exterior styling is fun and spotty, a far cry from the 72 bug in my garage! The interior provides ample room in the front, even for my son who is 6'6"! We've fit 4 large adults, not comfortably but in a pinch. I would call this more of a sport than family car! The mileage so far (>3000 miles) is amazing averaging more than 40 mpg combined! The rear trunk is small but adequate. Heated seats allow the top down, even on a cool clear day. Loving it! Would highly recommend!
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reliable

by from Denver Colorado on June 4, 2015

i have a 2013 vw beetle 2.5. i am the original owner of this car. i have 67000 miles on it and had no serious issues. i had problem with window motor but vw fixed it for free. the gas milage could be ...
i have a 2013 vw beetle 2.5. i am the original owner of this car. i have 67000 miles on it and had no serious issues. i had problem with window motor but vw fixed it for free. the gas milage could be better i get 23 mpg city 28 highway and 33 mpg country roads. the car rides very smooth and has handles great. it is kinda hard to park because of its odd shape. but overall its a great car.
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My Bug is full of Bugs!

by from Gulfport Ms on August 23, 2013

I've had the 2013 Volkswagon Convertible for about 3 months. Love the car but it has some bugs. When I put the top up the right hand windows may or may not go up like they should. The rear window may ...
I've had the 2013 Volkswagon Convertible for about 3 months. Love the car but it has some bugs. When I put the top up the right hand windows may or may not go up like they should. The rear window may have to be put up manually 4 times before it stays up. The radio/ cd player has never worked the way it should. It just cuts off whenever. The dealership had been unable or unwilling to fix these problems. They say it is a programming problem with the radio and since the window problem doesn't occur when they had it in the shop that they can't fix it. Will have to bring it in for the 4th time. If they could fix these problems it would be my dream car but with these problems it takes a lot of the fun out of driving it.
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What a fun car to drive

by from Florence/Shoals, Alabama on January 26, 2014

The VW Beetle convertible is such fun to drive. If anyone is looking for a really sharp looking car that can scoot down the road with the best of them then this is the one for you. It is easy to put t...
The VW Beetle convertible is such fun to drive. If anyone is looking for a really sharp looking car that can scoot down the road with the best of them then this is the one for you. It is easy to put the top down and back up but the cover is nearly impossible to put on. I wish I could trade it in for the relatively expensive windscreen. THe Turbo is really a nice feature. I found the brakes a little soft however. I like the three levels of heater seats and the door panels with the colored mood lights look pretty cool. The wheels on this beetle are really great looking. I really enjoy diving this car.
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